Earlier this month, the Rural Jobs Skills Alliance (RJSA) and TAFE Queensland launched its newest workshop series — Embracing digital innovation.

The two-day workshops will provide Queensland farmers, workers and advisors in the agriculture sector with the knowledge and confidence to implement agtech solutions to increase efficiency and productivity.

The workshop program has been designed in consultation with RJSA members including the Queensland Farmers Federation, AgForce Queensland, Cotton Australia, CANEGROWERS, TABMA, Irrigation Australia, and the Nursery and Garden Association Queensland to encourage landoweners to embrace technology and increase competitiveness and sustainability in their productions.

It’s a big workshop, and will cover five broad topics — industry technology trends, using data in agriculture, data management, how technology is transforming supply chains, and what technology looks like in the future (the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality).

Facilitator Vivienne McCollum has been involved with digital agriculture for over 20 years. She owns and operates an agricultural consultancy business focussed on project management and extension services for various agricultural industries.

Viv said she couldn’t think of a more exciting time to be in the agtech space.

“There has never been a better time to learn about how to make technology work for you. Our farmers are experiencing pressures to increase production, reduce costs, and reduce inputs. It’s a challenge, but out of challenge comes opportunity.

“Using data for insights and innovations isn’t a new trend — farmers have been doing it for years, but sometimes it can be confusing. This is why we’ve made the use of data a two-part focus within the workshop. I hope to be able to give attendees an understanding about how to collect and manage data and then use it to build knowledge and support decision making in their operations.

Make sure you’re available at one of the following dates and times to attend:

  • Townsville - 29 and 30 May
  • Mackay - 13 and 14 June
  • Emerald - 26 and 27 June
  • Bundaberg - 17 and 18 July
  • Dalby - 25 and 26 July

If you’re keen to learn more about the program or to register your attendance, visit the Queensland Farmers' Federation website

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The Embracing Digital Innovation in the Agriculture Sector project is made possible through the Rural Jobs Skills Alliance (RJSA) and its members via funding provided by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training under the Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund.

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